Jabulane Patose (55) has suffered a severe stroke that affects half his body and he can’t walk properly. He was trying to obtain the R55 000 allegedly owed to him by Emfuleni Local Municipality, ELM.
“The municipality currently owes Rand Water millions for water supplied. After several meetings, where the minister was also involved, officials resolved to hold Rand Water hostage, demanding that valves be opened immediately. Workers at Rand Water were trapped in the building until the municipal reservoirs filled up at about 14:00 hours. They decided to vacate the gates only once water was running out of the tap,” said Mollo, adding that this a very dangerous precedent set by the ANC management with their actions.
“Seeing my brother’s body being exhumed has been the most traumatic and painful experience. We thought this would give the family some closure but it has just gone from bad to worst. Someone must have answers as to why our family had to go through this.”
A charge of crime injuria has since been lodged by the acting Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Penny Sengoatsi with the Vanderbijlpark police.
Unconfirmed rumours made by the protesters are that four other people were killed since the beginning of the strike. An anonymous worker said that the victims were casual workers.
The Zamdela SAPS arrested Tshokolo Ranketsi last week. Police spokesperson, Captain Livhuhani Hani, said the police worked tirelessly to gather information and clues that led to the suspects’ arrest. Ranketsi lived next door to Thembi’s residence with his partner and two children.
“It is alleged that the deceased was chased by an unknown man in the street, this is according to the residents who heard her screaming for her life. The suspect subsequently fled the scene and some of the residents came to help the victim.” Lephoto adds that emergency personnel arrived on the scene and declared the woman dead.
Mayathula-Khoza said that the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) did not comply with the municipal By-Laws and its infrastructure was such that it is not completely suitable for the care of children. “We will serve the notice on them within seven days and then commence the relocation of children to nearby ECDs before we move them to new prototype centre that we have built in this community.”
The Namibian national was detained by police after he was found in possession of hand grenades and uncut diamonds.
It is said that Savanna City residents have raised certain concerns to the municipality. The issues relate to the Budget, tariff increases, property rates and taxes and water meters whilst also requesting a school, police station, shopping centre and bus transport.
The Municipality then responded that it would be impossible to provide residents with stands as thorough planning has to be conducted.